Of all the Fourth of July celebrations in my lifetime, this was perhaps the strangest --- and also the most important for us to ponder.

The Fourth of July is usually a time to get together and enjoy our freedom as Americans, and we mostly take for granted that we will always have it. But the very fact that this year was so out of kilter should tell us how very much we have to lose. Leftists here in this country –- a trifecta of the power-mad, the indoctrinated and the ignorant –- want to “burn it all down” to set up a fantasy Marxist utopia ruled by identity politics, which is just another form of racism. Look around; they’re in the process of doing it. We can’t take our freedom for granted any longer.

We forget how quickly everything can change. A system of government can fall just like...THAT! (I’m snapping my fingers.) It’s like toppling a statue; no matter how much skill and care and artistry went into creating that unique piece, or how many centuries it has stood, it can be turned into rubble with one hard pull of a rope or a few sticks of dynamite. Even a constitutional republic like ours can be very quickly taken over and altered beyond recognition, with little or no hope of going back. We are at risk of that now.

Look at what China has done to Hong Kong in just a week. All it had to do was pass a law, and now Hong Kong authorities are forced to strengthen regulation of the media and the internet. Beijing also has given itself broad powers to deploy state security agencies and to establish a bureau overseeing “national security” in Hong Kong. As reported in BLOOMBERG NEWS, China may even block citizens of Hong Kong from leaving for the U.K. Thousands took to the streets last week in protest, but it won’t change any of this. The “one country-two systems” framework that has governed the former British colony since it was returned to China in 1997 is essentially over, now that China has chosen to disregard that agreement.

As Mike Pompeo said to Laura Ingraham on Monday, “We can see this is going to end up being just another Communist-run city. It’s unfortunate; Hong Kong was such a special place, where there were all the freedoms that the people of Hong Kong were promised by the Chinese Communist Party. It’s much like the promise they made to tell us the truth about where the coronavirus came from...It’s the same kind of broken promises that’ll lead the United States to take the right response.”

Fine; we should hold them accountable. But the CCP is going to steamroll Hong Kong anyway, just as surely as they rolled their tanks through Tiananmen Square. They are liars and not to be trusted. The rule of law has been eviscerated in Hong Kong; now it’s the rule of the CCP.

Alarm bells have sounded in Taiwan as well, as CCP control of social media also applies to the millions of Taiwanese messages of support for Hong Kong’s democracy movement and Taiwanese independence, as well as criticism of human rights abuses in China. Of course, they’re also worried that their country is next.

Hong Kong is now essentially just another Chinese city, according to Jillian Melchior of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. The people of Hong Kong weren’t even allowed to read the legislation before it was passed. What it does, she says, is criminalize dissent on a sweeping scale. “Basically anything but complete submission to Beijing is illegal,” she says. “It’s bringing the Chinese system of justice to Hong Kong.” She means even in the physical sense; mainland government offices will be coming there as well. In other words, there’s no need to extradite people from Hong Kong to China to exact “justice” –- China will just do it there. How conveeeenient.

Life in prison is now a very real possibility for anyone in Hong Kong who expresses dissent against the CCP. The same law also applies to foreigners, including journalists, who have spoken out against the CCP; they might risk arrest simply by stepping inside Hong Kong or even touching down at the airport there.

"This is the end of legal autonomy,” Melchior says, “and it’s the end of rights for Hong Kong’s people.” She’s talking about the basic rights we as Americans take for granted: freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of speech. And the law as written is so broad, it can be used to target anyone the government doesn’t like.

More details here.

So, since we’re talking about basic rights that Americans enjoy, let’s look again at the threats we as Americans face in the year 2020. In about four months (!), we’ve got an election coming that has the potential to bring about the end of many freedoms we enjoy. In case you didn’t know, leftists don’t like freedom. At least, not for you.

Let me tell you what is going to happen if the Democrats win in November. It doesn’t matter if Biden is at the top of the ticket or not or who is #2. Hard-core leftists run the party, and they will run the government like they’re the CCP and we are Hong Kong.

They will cement their power in numerous ways, with help from a compliant media. If they happen not to take the Senate, it won’t matter; they’ll just govern by executive order. They’ll fire Attorney General Barr and immediately close all investigations except those relating to President Trump. They’ll pack the Supreme Court with far-left judges. They’ll further reward schools for indoctrinating students into hating America. No monuments to America’s past will be left standing. Courts will rule in favor of states going around the Electoral College, effectively destroying it and making sure “flyover country” never gets a say in another presidential election. They’ll open borders, make Washington DC a state and let non-citizens vote, canceling out the votes of many citizens. With help from social media and the political correctness brigade, conservative speech will be shut down. The most reasonable, fact-based observations, even in fields such as science and technology, will be classified as “hate speech” and disallowed. Perhaps even the American flag will become "hate speech." The police will indeed be defunded, property rights will be disrespected, and more infringements will be made on the 2nd Amendment. Individual rights in general will be sacrificed to the god of identity politics, which will rule the day.

We don’t have to live in Hong Kong to experience a loss of personal rights on this level. We can just stay right here in America and let the far left take over our country in November. Think I’m exaggerating? Some of it is already happening. What did leftist-run American cities look like to you this Fourth of July?

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  • marina verdun

    07/10/2020 05:30 AM

    you stated Omar makes 174 thousand per month....is it not per year?
    like you write ups....good commentary

  • Jay Johnson

    07/08/2020 08:19 PM

    This is question for the Gov. We certainly live in a different America than even 10-15 years ago and definitely different than those of the Reagan years. If we lose in November and what you talk about seems to come to pass, there will be a lot of people in the flyover States clamoring for secession, which I know they legally can’t. But what of the military? The oath I took 50 years ago still stands in my heart and it is the military’s duty to protect and defend the Constitution. If, indeed, it comes under attack will they act upon their oath? If there’s a mass secession of states loyal to the Constitution will they follow? I’d really like to see that!

  • Dot Whitley

    07/08/2020 11:33 AM

    President Trump gave the most Patriotic speech I have ever heard, and it was beautiful to hear, and glorifying to Almighty God.
    Preachers need to wake up, and hold prayer meetings before it's too late. We all should pray without stopping, in hopes that the Lord God will forgive us our sin of being lazy, and taking for granted what He gave us long years ago.
    "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" has real meaning these days.

  • Carroll Scott

    07/08/2020 11:30 AM

    So how do we fight??? If we fight (good against leftist) do we take up arms? Are Christians willing to become an army? and use guns to protect our families. our towns. our state. our U S A. Which is the only way and even at that not sure who would win. Probably end up just the same as it is today. Talking doesn't work. We've been doing that for years and it hasn't worked. We (Christians) don't even stand up to protest Roe VS Wade. We are waiting for someone else - to do it. We are the lamest bunch of people. We are 'peacekeepers' - to our death. God told the Israelies to fight for what was theirs. To kill and take no prisoners. Has any of the prophets talked to God about this? What was the answer? Lay down and roll over and tell them to stomp the living daylights out of us. To give up and give in? To take the mark of Satan 666? That is what we will do. Isn't it?

  • rodney burke

    07/08/2020 10:26 AM

    IF DT and Barr don't have a solution, then give "we the people" the authority to defend ourselves and take out these terrorists.They will never be satisfied. Terrorism begats more. Hong Kong Mao, Stalin?This has to end. BLM wants in clear language to kill whites. They have already attacked an active worship service. Will they start killing ministers/priests/or a rabbi? Apparently the only language they hear as that of extermination.Do we have no other choice? If so, we are in a state of anarchy.We ca'n REASON with the left and I am reasonably sure you know that. What we seeing is TDS gone wild. Soros needs to meet his maker. This is NOT an option.

  • Martha Schafer

    07/08/2020 10:09 AM

    Mike, after reading this column, I feel like I have just reread Kurt Schlicter's novels for the second time without the "salty" language. I sure hope that we, the American people , can be educated before November and turn this destruction around.

  • Martha Schafer

    07/08/2020 10:07 AM

    Mike, after reading this column, I feel like I have just reread Kurt Schlicter's novels for the second time without the "salty" language. I sure hope that we, the American people , can be educated before November and turn this destruction around.

  • Yvonne Bracone

    07/08/2020 07:54 AM

    These are the signs of the end of days. But as true believers, we need to stand on the Promises of God. We need to have faith that the children of God will be saved even through the tribulation and martyred for the sake of Christ. ......Chronicles 7:14 just keep praying as we are the army of the Lord here on earth Brother Mike!

  • Bill Goldsby

    07/08/2020 03:10 AM

    Thank you for the great article! I have been preaching this to a bunch of fellow Residents of the community I live in, however they have been Indoctrinated over many years by the Unions, Democratic parents and teachers of California. I was fortunate to have lived in the State of Tennessee prior to moving here and the short years in school there allowed me to learn how to research materials for myself and not believe what I was having shoved down my throat!

    I have been dealing with disrespectful people calling Our President names, and not willing to accept the facts as I have provided to them from multiple sources other than just Fox news.

    They are in disbelief that my figure for how often President Trump has gone Golfing and how much it has cost Taxpayer's in the past three and a half years is way less than CNNs figure. But then again, us Conservatives never tell the truth. ????

    God Bless You ??

    Bill

  • Charles Wilson

    07/07/2020 11:31 PM

    Currently many in this country pretend to go along with the BLM because they fear retaliation. Their homes will be burned and their lives will be in danger. The "protesters" have power because they have numbers. They are organized and not limited by obeying the law. Those of us that still believe that personal rights matter and the Bill of Rights is still the law of the land are going to have to band together to stand up to these instigators. There are so many more of us than them. We must draw a line in the sand and link arm-in-arm behind it. But freedom is not free. Some will pay a price. But we all will pay the price if we do not go to our knees together before the throne so that we may stand tall together before the crowd. II Chronicles 7:14 refers to "My people." We are the ones to turn from our wicked ways - not the protesters. The rest of the chapter refers to the wicked ways of idolatry. Have we put the idol of comfort before our Lord? Regaining control of our nation will take us out of our comfort zone. And we regain control by leading the crowd to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

  • Norman North

    07/07/2020 10:20 PM

    China has gotten too bold and dangerous for the entire free world. The path they are on now will not lead to a Cold War but a hot war I don't believe it is far away. It is too early to tell if it will involve nuclear weapons. My guess is no but I would expect at this rate to see warfare in a matter of months. It is too bad it had to come to this but the world government can't be communism.

  • Michael

    07/07/2020 09:02 PM

    Governor: What you had to say and predict what will happen to our country if the Democrats win the election. Is there any way you can send that to RNC and their campaign ad? They need to see it and use it. And recently Tucker Carlson raised the valid question- why would we want the liberal Democrats running our country, a country they hate. So true!! I can only think of several things that can be done. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then pray daily for our nation that it will be God's will that He will appoint Donald Trump as our President for another four years and this nation doesn't fall and become destroyed by the Democrat-Socialist-Marxist evil political party!! Believers need to pray to God to forgive our nation of our many sins (abortion, legalized same sex marriage, etc.) Secondly, Christians, Patriots, Conservatives, etc. need to go in person and VOTE against the Democrats in all elections!! And We The People need to stand up, fight against the evil with hopefully God on our side. We The People need to be prepared- plan for the worse and hope for the best. If the Democrats would win in November, we will only have a few months to buy guns, ammo and supplies, but let's hope it doesn't come to this, because We The People who don't want to see our nation utterly destroyed under Democrat control, get out in masses like has never been seen before and vote Republican, voting to save our nation!!

  • Rhonda Samuels

    07/07/2020 07:07 PM

    Governor, my question is what can the average American citizen, who loves this country and the constitution, do other than have 1 legal vote?
    I fear what is happening to our country. It reminds me of all that I've read regarding Hitler's Germany.

  • Sharon Martin

    07/07/2020 07:00 PM

    The way I see it our only hope is God. If He doesn't step in we are done as a nation. If you believe in prayer gather with you prayer group and pray. Today in my church we formed a new women's prayer group, we will pray every Tuesday at 11:30 until the Holy Spirit tells us to stop.

  • Paul Kern

    07/07/2020 05:28 PM

    We can't foretell the future. The Bible tells us what happens when a people forsake God and go whoring after false gods- actually demons
    I saw early in the 1970's as a young Christian when churches only promoted married men and woman. Ethnic groups were separated even then
    Now many popular preachers are still misleading many.
    I live near Portland, Oregon and see the results of 50 years of Marxist indoctrination. Even Bible colleges and seminaries are infected by this.
    I believe we will be heading into a bloody civil war unless the Lord intervenes.
    We who are true believers must forsake our many evils. Individually and as families must once again bow the knee and truly submit to the Lord most High.
    The problem is individual and corporate sin

  • Joyce McGathy

    07/07/2020 05:24 PM

    Your words ring very true, Mike, as I have seen so much unfolding as such during these past few months of 2020. The Dems are filled with nothing but hatred and want a power grab. They are totally unChristian and will rule like a Nazi IF they take over our government. They are "the powers that be" that our Bible warns us about...right here within the USA! They wish to destroy America from within and run chaotically wild. I have no respect for them and pray EVERY night that God keeps us and our blessed country FREE with Godly leadership at the top! With God ALL things are possible, only we need more citizens to believe this sincere msg., repent of sins, and ask God to come into their hearts and help us Keep America Great, as ONE nation UNDER GOD!
    God help and continue to bless the USA!

  • KeoniBoy

    07/07/2020 05:16 PM

    Words to live by: "Give me liberty, or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry(1775)

  • Stephen Ward

    07/07/2020 04:41 PM

    Sounds like the Communist Goals as entered into the 1963 Congressional record keep getting closer to reality.

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    07/07/2020 04:23 PM

    My husband said that he saw on TV this morning that now China has the Bubonic Plague in addition to the Covid virus! Do you know anything about this?

  • Stanford Locke

    07/07/2020 03:47 PM

    Best be prepared for the worst come November. Fortify your property, buys what arms, munitions, a few weeks rations, whatever. When the left takes over things likely will put past antifa/blm activities to shame supported and encouraged by the left.

  • Ellen Klapperich

    07/07/2020 03:18 PM

    The silent majority cannot remain silent any longer. My heart goes out to the chinese people, particularly Hong Kong citizens. To see their freedom stripped should be a wake up call for us, especially since we have politicians in China's pocket.

  • GL Speck

    07/07/2020 03:10 PM

    I have watched news continually through the last 5 years and I can see the changes since The Cinton era to now. The changes that you referr to here in are visible. Actually I kept abrest of the news even back to the 50's.
    We watch your show most of the times twice..
    I first started watching the news with my Grand Father and Noted The One Eyed Jewish General that took Isreal took back their land in one battel that lasted about one day!!!

  • Kathleen Kemmer

    07/07/2020 03:10 PM

    Hey Pastor Mike! I'm glad you and your family were able to have a free and happy July 4 celebration. Your prepared articles were the antidote to my aloneness, sadness and anger at the mayhem imposed on patriotic Americans. As usual, your words were insightful, truthful, honest , and best yet...encouraging. I will not genuflect to illegal decrees by marxist governors, who dishonestly use COVID as an excuse to restrict places of worship from chanting and singing. My voice is loud and I chanted, sang, and danced in praise of the Lord at my church on Saturday. I watched the service on my tablet. As usual, I was alone on the church patio (because my pastor is taking precautionary measures, and using virtual technology). Yet, I was ready to keep singing if the police or the mobs came came after me. Fortunately, that did not happen...at least this time. However, unless people speak out and deny these leftwing politicians from their attempts to suppress the voice of Americans, we will ALL be silenced.
    By the way, Loved your weekend show!

  • Carolyn Harrison

    07/07/2020 02:56 PM

    Why do t we draw a line down the middle of the US and put the corrupt lawless socialist left on their side and the Patriots that want freedom and democracy on their side? Build a wall between.

  • Nancy Fennell

    07/07/2020 02:49 PM

    Thank you for your time and truth you share with all-Americans twice a day. May God's hand of protection rule in your life each and every day. God bless you and your works.